Daily Devotional for January 11
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 2:8(KJV):
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
Thought for the Day
When we look at this scripture, we find that God keeps the paths (plural) of judgment. This reveals that there are two paths of judgment and that judgment is two-fold:
The Judgment of the Wicked: The wicked will be punished for their deeds; if not in this life, then certainly in hell. Those who refuse to accept Christ as Savior will pay the penalty for their sins. They will reap what they have sown. "But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the LORD God" (Ezekiel 11:21). "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" (Galatians 6:7-8). We shall all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be judged (2 Corinthians 5:10).
The Judgment of the Righteous: The righteous will be rewarded for their faithfulness. "Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded" (Proverbs 13:13). "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). We must all one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ. America's system of justice provides a picture of God's judgment. Defendants are brought to court to stand trial. Some are convicted of crimes and sentenced to death or imprisonment for their deeds. Others go to court to contest injustices, and are awarded settlements of money. Mistakes are often made in our system of justice, but we can trust God to judge all things fairly and righteously. If we have been wrongly judged or treated unfairly, God will eventually prove our innocence and properly reward us. Our greatest reward is living with Jesus eternally in heaven.
Today's verse also says that God preserves the way of the righteous, meaning that He protects and cares for His own. He will make a way out of our problems for us if there is no way out in the natural. The Lord delights in answering our prayers, even if a miracle is needed to do so. Remember: Miracles are God's specialty!
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear Father in heaven, thank you for Your love and concern for me and the things that concern me. Lord, I was judged wrongly this week by someone I loved and befriended. Yes, it hurt, but I also hurt for them, as I see how they believed a lie of the devil, and now they no longer want this relationship. Lord, though they were wrong, what do I need to learn from this experience? Lord, I confess I wanted to strongly justify and defend my position, not only to them, but to the other concerned parties also. However, I know that I must leave this to You, as You are the righteous judge. You know what really happened, and even if I spoke it in defense of my position, unless You revealed it to them they could not hear it anyway. So, at this point, I shall leave this all to You to repair. I will simply voice the words that You give me to share in this situation. I know those words will be gracious, as You are gracious. Thank you, that I will be able to speak the truth in love, without justification or bitterness, and that at some time this relationship will be restored. I am trusting that You are a righteous judge and that as I keep Your commandments, You will keep my way. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. All men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 65:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 5:23; Hebrews 13:15; Psalm 50:23; Revelation 7:9-10; Revelation 7:12
Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name. I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction.
As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe.
Psalm 103:4; Jeremiah 50:34; Hosea 13:14; Hebrews 2:14-15; John 3:36; Colossians 3:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:10